What you didn't know about iOS 11 beta 1
Launched last week, at WWDC17, Apple’s new iOS 11 comes packed with upgrades and features that enable AR and fairly complex operations being run on these mobile devices. With iOS 11, Apple aims to turn iPhone and iPad into intelligent personal devices.
Since it became available for developers, the Reincubate team has tried the first iOS 11 beta and discovered a few interesting changes that you probably didn’t know about just from the WWDC17 announcement alone. We are sharing a bunch of these changes below, and if you are an Apple iOS data integrator or developer, you might be interested.
As promised, the iOS engineering team at Reincubate always stays updated with the latest in iOS technologies and we are please to announce support for iOS 11 beta 1 in our Cloud API. We will continue to announce support and news for future iOS 11 releases.
iOS 11 Findings from under the hood
CloudKit Entrypoint Redesign
Apple have introduced a new endpoint architecture for CloudKit in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. The new structure resembles a CDN network, whereby traffic to services is now managed by a gateway layer and not by the domain name sharing method as before. The changes do not affect access to iCloud backups yet, but will work to simplify and improve performance of iCloud services in the future.
Improved Information Security
Changes have been made to how sensitive file attribute data is secured in messages from CloudKit services. This means it's harder to access CloudKit files without all of the information necessary.
Enhanced File Processing and Compression
With the recent push to modernise their file system through APFS we can see that Apple are working to make savings in file storage and data transfer rates. In iOS 11, Apple have introduced an additional layer of processing on certain files. This reduces the size of backups and improves the speed of communication of these files between your devices and CloudKit services.
iOS 11 supported by Reincubate Cloud API
We are proud to be first to offer iOS 11 support to our API clients and support the wider Apple eco-system. We are excited by the advancement we have seen from Apple in this iteration of iOS. And expect powerful new changes as Apple centralise data to flow through their hardware.
We are updating this entry as we go, and will add new significant findings once iOS 11 beta 2 becomes available.
In the meantime we’d like to point a few interesting threads that have started to grow in followers and interest since WWDC17.
A fresh new iOS 11 thread every day on Reddit. Subscribe to them all here.
Stack Overflow has been the go-to place for engineers for a long time. Most connected threads are about using Xcode with iOS 11. New apps being baked in the oven as we speak!
This Week in Swift also looks like a lovely curated blog for iOS 11 and beyond.
And lastly, here’s a 15,000 people Slack community for iOS developers and iOS engineers.